Even at $500K, Gene Therapy Could Be a Bargain for Some Diseases
September 22, 2017
(MIT Technology Review) – The idea behind gene therapy is that genetic material is used as a “living drug” to treat disease. Scientists have been trying to get gene therapies to work for decades, so Kymriah’s approval is historic. But the therapy’s $475,000 price tag was immediately met with alarm and criticism from patient advocates. More gene therapies are in development, and those too could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. And while some see sticker shock, others see a bargain.